The Honourable Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs,Senator Dr. George Akume,fnim joins family, friends, professional colleagues, associates and well wishers of Chief General Atom Kpera(Rtrd) in celebrating his 80th birthday,describing him as a great Tiv son, a great soldier of multiple medals of honour and a title holder in Tivland.
The Honourable Minister notes,with special appreciations,that since the commissioning Chief General Atom Kpera(Rtrd) into the Nigerian Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Engineering Corps in 1965,the celebrant maintained a high professional conduct that earned him various Command and Staff appointments including Engineers Brigade Commander, Squadron Commander, Regimental Commander, Commander Corps of Engineers, Commandant of the Army School of Engineers Headquarters, and Director of Manpower, Nigerian Army Headquarters.
Senator George Akume recounts that as the first indigenous military leader of Benue State origin to govern the state in 1984, Chief General Atom Kpera(Rtrd) initiated amongst others, a policy of impressing on the people to imbibe the culture of environmental sanitation,hygiene and several urban renewal programmes ,a practice that was sustained by his successors,including former Governor George Akume himself.
Senator George Akume commends Chief General Atom Kpera over his meritorious service as a former Military Administrator in Anambra State which endeared him to the good people of Anambra.
Senator George Akume identifies that as elder statesman,Chief General Atom Kpera (Rtrd) exhibits an exemplary lifestyle and maintains an apolitical stance on issues affecting the Tiv race and Benue State in general. Indeed, his invaluable contributions to the enrichment of the Tiv traditional institution as the “Nomor u Tiv” are highly appreciated and unparalleled.
On behalf of his family,friends,colleagues,associates and the staff of Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, the Honourable Minister prays that God will continue to grant Chief General Atom Kpera(Rtrd) more favours until the end of time as he ages gratefully.
Dr. Aondona Mkor
SA,Media and Public Affairs
(Office of the Honourable Minister)